Now on Westlaw: Bad eggs, lost luggage and nuclear espionage

September 27, 2010

Check out these newsworthy legal documents on Westlaw.

Class action against Iowa egg farmers: How many victims?

A class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of victims of a salmonella outbreak who ate eggs from two large farms in Iowa. A recall of the eggs began on August 13 and quickly grew into the largest egg recall in history, involving more than half a billion eggs. After the contamination was discovered, FDA investigators found a number of health and safety violations at the defendants’ farms. The six individual plaintiffs named in the complaint hail from Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Five had eaten eggs purchased from local grocers and wholesale discounters; the sixth was served the eggs in a diner. According to the complaint, there have been nearly 1,500 reported illnesses associated with this outbreak, and the number is likely to grow as more cases are reported.

» Read the class-action complaint on Westlaw (2010 WL 3625366 – sign-on required)

When an airline loses luggage, is it a breach of contract?

That’s the question at the heart of a $5 million class-action lawsuit against American Airlines. The suit was filed on behalf of Danielle Covarrubias, a Washington resident, after the airline lost her luggage during a flight from Seattle to Michigan and then allegedly refused to refund the $25 checked-baggage fee that she paid in addition to her fare.

» Read plaintiffs’ response to defendant’s motion to dismiss (2010 WL 3646355 – sign-on required)

Physicist charged with trying to pass nuclear secrets

A disgruntled former Los Alamos scientist and his wife have been indicted on charges of communicating classified nuclear weapons data to a person they believed to be a Venezuelan government official and conspiring to participate in the development of an atomic weapon for Venezuela, among other violations. The defendants are Pedro Mascheroni, 75, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, and Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 67, a U.S. citizen. If convicted of all charges, the defendants could face life in prison.

» Read the indictment on Westlaw (2010 WL 3643224 – sign-on required)